Huntly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Huntly is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlement of Huntley in Gloucestershire. The surname Huntly belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The name Huntly was also given to people who dwelled by "the hunter's wood." [1]

Early Origins of the Huntly family

The surname Huntly was first found in Monmouthshire where they claim descent from William Fitz-Baderon who held the barony of Monmouth including 22 lordships at the time of the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] [3]

Huntley is a parish, in the union of Westbury, duchy of Lancaster in Gloucestershire and a small hamlet in the parish and union of Cheadle, in the hundred of Totmonslow in Staffordshire. [4] The Gloucestershire parish dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Huntelei. The parish and hamlet literally mean "huntsman's wood or clearing," having derived from the Old English "hunta" + "leah." [5]

To the far north in Scotland, the family claim descent "from the ancient hamlet of Huntlie in Berwickshire, now extinct. Robert de Hunteleghe of the county of Roxberghe rendered homage [to King Edward I of England] in 1296. The name Huntly in Aberdeenshire was borrowed from Huntlie in Berwickshire, the old barony of Gordon, including Huntlie, being owned by the earls of Huntly down to 1638." [6]

Today Huntly is a burgh of barony and a parish, in the district of Strathbogie, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "This place, including the united parishes of Dumbennan and Kinoir, anciently formed part of the ample possessions of the powerful family of the Cumyns, of whose baronial seat, Strathbogie Castle, there are still considerable remains. The castle was almost destroyed after the battle of Glenlivet, in 1594, but was restored, with considerable additions, by the first Marquess of Huntly, in 1602, and, under the name of Huntly Castle. The town, which derives its name from its founders, the family of Gordon. " [7]

Early History of the Huntly family

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Huntly Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Huntly family name include Huntley, Huntly, Huntlie, Huntleigh and others.

Early Notables of the Huntly family (pre 1700)

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United States Huntly migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Huntly surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Huntly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hannah Huntly, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Edw Huntly, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [8]
  • Hannah Huntly, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [8]
  • William Huntly, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [8]
  • Thomas Huntly, who settled in St. Christopher in 1663
Huntly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Huntly, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [8]
  • Mary Huntly, who landed in America in 1850 [8]

New Zealand Huntly migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Huntly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Albert Huntly, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Elizabeth Huntly, aged 19, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Jane Huntly, aged 11 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Huntly (post 1700) +

  • Richard H. Huntly, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1878 [9]
  • Henry Huntly Haight (1825-1878), American politician, the tenth American Governor of California
  • Justin Huntly McCarthy (1860-1935), Irish Nationalist
  • Henry Huntly Haight (1825-1878), American Democrat politician, Governor of California, 1867-71; Defeated, 1871 [10]
  • Huntly D. Millar (1927-2016), Canadian founder and CEO of Millar, Inc., an American medical inovator

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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